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The Blue Surf Quartet - Web Demosdotdotdot
artworkThese tracks were posted in various places on the web. They vary in sound quality, being mostly recorded in rehearsal between October, 2001 and September, 2002. There are many interesting things here, delivered from a variety of perspectives, but with great consistency. The standouts here are the cover of the Penetrators' "Deception Bay," and the stunningly original "Iron Filings." I sure would like to hear some good studio work from these guys.
Picks: Baja, Deception Bay, High Wall, Jack The Ripper, Jungle Juice, Korla's Headgear, La Corona, Mexican Highway, Moment Of Truth, Pipeline, Sheba, The Goodie, Iron Filings

Track by Track Review

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a murky rehearsal tape I think. The arrangement of Lee Hazelwood's "Baja" is not adventurous, but it's played at a slower pace and with low energy. Quite enjoyable.

Deception Bay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid arrangement of the Penetrators' gloriously emotional "Deception Bay." The electric piano is almost bell-like, and it adds a great sense of sadness to this already sad beauty. I like this a lot.

High Wall dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Wailers' dangerous "High Wall" is played in a moody way, though how else could you do it! Very nicely arranged for surf guitars.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rising from feedback, this venerable Link Wray song writhes on long flowing chords and tribal drums. The arrangement is very strait forward, while the moodiness is superbly captured. A couple of guitar line errors stand out, but overall, this works pretty well.

Jungle Juice dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and a rock melody and format provide energy and edge. "Jungle Juice" is pretty forgettable.

Korla's Headgear dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fairly moderate performance of a reasonable instro. The drums are very good. I presume this is named for Korla Pandit. It is a cover of the Galaxy Trio's "Korla's Headgear."

La Corona dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very cool instro. Great melody, fine imagery, and the sort of song you'd come back to repeatedly. It's an easy moving song with a very surf melody line and nice arrangement.

Mexican Highway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mexican Highway" features harsh tone and danger, along with a spaghetti western feeling. If Link Wray had been Ennio Morricone, he'd have played this sort of thing. Big and sadly menacing.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Larry Weed's "Moment Of Truth" is played using one of the two Original Surfaris' arrangement. It's dark and minimalist, yet powerfully surf. Some fine drumming, and a reverent performance.

Pipeline dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A tentative intro glissando brings on a light version of the Chantays' "Pipeline." Traditional and basic, but needing smoother glissandos for sure.

Sheba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I was wondering how long it would take a surfband to cover this superb Johnny and the Hurricanes instro. The Blue Surf Quartet do a respectable job with it, suing organ and all. Great drums.

The Goodie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Super Stocks' "Gridiron Goodie" is very well done. The melody and arrangement stand up well over time. This is a very reverent cover.

Iron Filings dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A moody jazz bass, great tribal drums, and swirling effected guitar. The melody is mysterious and moody, and the effects give it a space edge. Long string slides and fuzz and more. The sound is huge in a space rock way. This is a really cool instro.